by David Brenneman
1 John 1:5-10 NASB "This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us."
So much in such a small package.
We like to walk where there is light. We all really hate walking into a dark room, down a dark road.
So where are you walking? Notice that it applies to everyone. Everyone IS walking somewhere. Believers and unbelieving alike are walking somewhere. You may think that you're standing still but time stands still only for God. We're all moving towards one destination. Our date with eternity. Our date of meeting Jesus face-to-face.
Are you ready for such a meeting? Are you thinking it's not going to happen to you? The Bible clearly says that we are all destined to die once and after that comes the judgment. Hebrews 9:27-28.
Are you at all thinking that date is far down the road? My Friend, my Dear Reader, that date can be at ANY time right after the last heartbeat you've been granted to have ends. Your very life breath is a gift from God. For those who have come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ for salvation, it's a moment by moment opportunity to live for the one who saved us. For those who have not yet, each heartbeat is a gift to give us time to come to Christ. Those who have died have no chance at salvation anymore.
Why so morbid in this holiday season!? It's not being morbid. It's being truthful. Jesus came to die. When He was yet still in Mary, many sought to have Him killed. They seem to like to leave that part out of the yearly Christmas story telling. Many times they fled cities and even countries because the rulers of the day, as lead by Satan, wanted Him dead. Satan believed Jesus's life was the most vulnerable before He had a chance to do anything. Thousands of babies were killed at one time by a government official trying to find some way to kill Jesus. That too is left out of the Christmas story.
Jesus came to die for the sins of mankind. To be that perfect sacrifice that was necessary to cover the sins of mankind.
Yes, even the countless trillions in Hell. He did die for them too but they rejected Him and now pay that price for the error of their ways.
Salvation is a free gift. It is THE gift of this time of year. Salvation in Jesus Christ alone is necessary to live a life in the light as John was writing and that we read today. In the book of John we read that Jesus was the Light that came into the world and the world didn't want Him. They loved the darkness rather than the light for their deeds were evil.
But I'm not evil! You might be thinking. We are all born in sin. Cursed from birth and are in need of a Savior to deliver us from sin. Jesus became sin in our place in order that we might have the righteousness of God.
Being good on your terms by your definition of such isn't enough to say you're saved or safe from Hell.
Doing good all the time isn't going to gain a single person entry into Heaven.
Where are you walking my Friend? Are you at all going through this life WITH Jesus rather than thinking you meet Him only at a Church Service, afterwards which you go off to do your own thing until the following week? That's not how it works.
A life in Christ is just that a life IN Christ is a life WITH Christ. 24/7, 365 days a year.
Are you trying to chisel out your idea of paradise here on Earth as being the most important thing to you?
Are you looking at success as what defines you?
Are you looking at acceptance by others as what makes you, you?
As it's written, if we live, we live to Christ, if we die we die to Christ. Either way, we are Christ's.
Jesus is the one who separates the real from the frauds at the final judgment. Those who THOUGHT they were doing good deeds in His name and only then found out they werent. Without salvation in Christ Jesus alone...it's all worthless filthy rags. That's literally what the Bible says.
The best gift this 'season' isn't found in stores or online. It's not found even in the arms of people or pets. It's not found in vacations or money.
It's finding Jesus on the other side of the door of your heart when YOU open it up to let Him in.
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